Pro­gram of­fers hopes for Parkin­son’s pa­tients

LSVT BIG ex­er­cise pro­gram now avail­able at Mishock Phys­i­cal Ther­apy & As­so­ci­ates

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mishock Phys­i­cal Ther­apy & As­so­ci­ates

There is hope for pa­tients who suf­fer with Parkin­son’s dis­ease, stroke, brain in­jury and other move­ment dis­or­ders.

Mishock Phys­i­cal Ther­apy & As­so­ci­ates now of­fers LSVT BIG, a re­search-based pro­gram for those pa­tients who suf­fer with Parkin­son’s dis­ease, stroke, brain in­jury and other move­ment dis­or­ders.

LSVT BIG is a stan­dard­ized ex­er­cise pro­gram, which has doc­u­mented im­proved rat­ings on tests of mo­tor func­tion­ing in peo­ple with Parkin­son’s dis­ease and is avail­able in our clin­ics in Barto and Stowe.

We cur­rently have three ther­a­pists who are now LSVT BIG cer­ti­fied.

Ann R. Miller, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, joined Mishock Phys­i­cal Ther­apy in Au­gust 2010 and is cur­rently the clin­i­cal direc­tor at Stowe. Ann also has an Ath­letic Trainer Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and is a Cer­ti­fied Strength and Con­di­tion­ing Spe­cial­ist. She has over 26 years of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jeff Skolny, MSPT, has been with Mishock PT since 2013. He has been a ther­a­pist in out­pa­tient clin­ics since 2005. He spe­cial­izes in ther­apy for joint re­place­ments, or­tho­pe­dic surg­eries and Bell’s palsy.

Mon­ica Hall­man, PTA, CKTP, clin­i­cal direc­tor of the Barto clinic, has been with the Mishock team since 2006. She has 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in out­pa­tient ther­apy. Mon­ica is pro­fi­cient in man­ual ther­apy, in­clud­ing my­ofas­cial re­lease, and is also skilled in or­tho­pe­dics, sports medicine, neu­rol­ogy, TMJ re­lief, work hard­en­ing and Ki­ne­sio tap­ing.

LSVT BIG re­lies on be­hav­ior mod­i­fi­ca­tion and strength­en­ing and im­proves brain func­tion in pa­tients who suf­fer from Parkin­son’s dis­ease. It can also be help­ful for peo­ple with other neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions such as stroke, brain in­jury, move­ment dis­or­ders and Parkin­son-like symp­toms.

Dr. Al­lan We­ber, of PMSI Di­vi­sion of Neu­rol­ogy in Pottstown, states, “I’ve been treat­ing Parkin­son’s pa­tients for 15 years in this com­mu­nity and BIG is the first phys­i­cal ther­apy pro­gram avail­able lo­cally specif­i­cally to ad­dress the unique needs of Parkin­son’s pa­tients.”

If you or some­one you love suf­fers with any of these is­sues, please call for more in­for­ma­tion or to make an ap­point­ment.

Call for a free phone con­sul­ta­tion at (610)327-2600, email mishockpt@com­ or visit us on­line at

We are here to serve you with six con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions in Skip­pack, Gil­bertsville, Barto*, Phoenixville, Limerick and Stowe*! (*LSVT BIG Cer­ti­fied)

Dr. Mishock is one of only a few clin­i­cians with doc­tor­ate level de­grees in both phys­i­cal ther­apy and chi­ro­prac­tic in the state of Penn­syl­va­nia.

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